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York County Connections - August 2022

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CONNECTIONSYORK COUNTY In This Issue:August is National Family FunMonth and the perfect reminder totake a break and have somecarefree playtime with the kidsbefore they return to schoolschedules. There are endlessopportunities for fun familymoments! Find a few ideas inside. A U G U S T 2 0 2 2Commissioner's UpdateCommissioner HokeD e d i c a t e d - I n c l u s i v e - T r a n s p a r e n tNational Night OutTuesday, August 2, 2022August Is NationalAugust Is NationalAugust Is NationalFamily Fun MonthFamily Fun MonthFamily Fun MonthNNO is an annual community-building campaign that promotespolice-community partnershipsand neighborhood camaraderie.To inquire about the NNO in yourarea, contact your local policedepartment.Is your department participatingin this event? If so, pleaseforward pictures to include inour next newsletter to build family connectionsaround the dinner table: What'syour ROSE, THORN and BUD? TO PRINT NEWSLETTER, CLICK ICON LOCATED ON THE TOP RIGHT OF SCREEN2Employee Spotlight: Meet Endi DabneyUpcoming trainingopportunitiesA TOP 10 LIST York Countydoesn't want to be on345As we navigate through the hot and humid days of summer, the County of York is beginning toplan for the 2022 United Way Campaign. I look forward to returning as one of the co-chairs. Thedonations collected and distributed by the United Way and partner agencies compliments themany services and assistance available to residents. It improves the quality of life for people inneed. We hope you will join us in voluntarily contributing to this worthwhile campaign. We also wanted to inform every one of the feasibility study now being conducted on our emptywork release center across from the York County Prison. Several worthy and importantopportunities are being considered. As we have said in the past, County Government’s success depends on our valued employees.Thank you for your dedicated service to the many residents of York County.Doug HOME

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Click or scanStronger family bondsImproved academic performance in childrenLess behavioral problemsLower chances of drug use/abuseAlthough August is traditionally “Back to School Month”,it’s also National Family Fun Month! Research hasproven that there are many benefits that come alongwith family time. such as:.Just getting through each day can take most of ourenergy and focus. Family mealtime offers much-needed opportunities to bring mindfulness into dailylife. Set aside digital distractions and turn off the TV.Instead, focus on each other and what’s on the plate.Give everyone a chance to slow down for a bit.How to Maximize Family Time? 13 Simple Ways You Can Try ImmediatelyClick or scanA U G U S TF A M I L Y F U N M O N T H !Calling AllParents,Grandparents,Caregivers... Kathleen Fischer, Strengthening Parent & TeensKeep the devices away and you are likely keeping thedistractions away so that everyone can be present inmind and body during your family time together. Be Distraction FreeLearn How Dinner Time Can Be Your Secret Weapon To Building Family Connections: A rose is something good or exciting thathappened that day; A thorn is something not-so-good,disappointing, frustrating; andA bud is something the individual is lookingforward to. T R Y T H I S A T Y O U R N E X T F A M I L Y D I N N E R :What’s Your Rose,Thorn and Bud?Dr. Magdalena Battles, June 10, 2022PAGE 02That's all the time you'll need to hear what YORK COUNTY kids want YOU to know!Have each person share a“rose, thorn, and bud”: HOME

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Guiding Principles 4SpotlightSpotlightSpotlightBuilding A Better York County was developed to guide the work of York County government acrossall departments/offices. This month Children Youth & Families shares how they work to fostertrusting relationships between staff and those whom we support and serve. Putting York County's Guiding Principles in Action! Children, Youth & Families: Tanya Stauffer, AdministratorChildren, Youth, & Families CLICK OR SCAN FOR THE 9 GUIDING PRINCIPLESWe are Trustworthy.PAGE 03Our Agency’s mission to protect children, promotestrong families, promote child well-being, and providetimely permanency is built on trustworthiness. Inorder to meet our mission, I along with my staff mustpractice transparency and follow through. The art ofbuilding trust with an upset caregiver or familymember takes time and patience. The decisions ofthe Agency and Courts are not always popular ones,but when the time is taken to describe the reasoningbehind the decision, a caregiver will often better understand the circumstances. In addition, following through oncommitments and getting backHow long have you worked for the County? 11 yearsWhat’s your favorite part of your job? Creating a safespace for families to share and just being a listening hearWhat’s something about you (a fun fact) that not manypeople know? I am a grandmother a.k.a“Honey” of 3. (7 yr. boy) (2yr. twin girls)What’s the last book you read? Unveiled by MonicaWilliams, currently reading Finding ME by Viola Davis.What is your favorite hobby? Creating tasty dishes forfamily and friendsWhat’s the first concert you ever attended? IDKWhat’s the next place on your travel bucket list? Africa, BaliAre you currently binge-watching any shows? Don’t reallywatch TV, rather listen to musicIf you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life,what would it be? Who knows..lolWhat’s one item you can’t live without? MUSIC can’t livewithout it!!!!Fami ly E ng ag em en t Un itCo or di na to r/ Fa ci li at orEmployeeto caregivers with information and/or answers showsan effort to build upon the relationship and buildstrust. When putting children and families first andpromoting family time, we take positive steps towardsbuilding strong families to support one another. Endi Dabney HOME

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approximate start and lunch at noon. Afternoon Flightregistration begins at 11:30AM. Lunch is at noon, followedby a 1:00 p.m. approximate start. Individuals interested in participating in the fundraiseror sponsoring the event can call the York CountyConservation District at 717-840-7430 or register on theConservation District’s website Registration required. Trophies will be awarded to thefive top-scoring individual participants and the top five-person team, along with great door prizes. Impact of Lead ExposureThe York County Conservation District is holding their 15thAnnual Sporting Clays Fundraiser on Friday, September16th at Central Penn Sporting Clays in Wellsville. All proceeds will benefit the York County Envirothon, aproven program beginning its 38th season that teachesstudents how to become stewards of our naturalresources. Each year, nearly 1,000 York County studentsparticipate in the Envirothon at no-cost thanks to thegenerous support of our community sponsors. The sporting clay event will be held rain or shine at CentralPenn Sporting Clays, 75 Quarry Road in WarringtonTownship. Registration is $75, which includes a fullbarbecue lunch and 1 round of 50 sporting clays. TheConservation District is also seeking sponsorship for theevent. Participants can choose from a Morning Flight orAfternoon Flight on the sporting clays course. MorningFlight registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a 9:00 a.m.Over 57% of homes in the County were built prior to 1978,putting the families which occupy the home at risk forharmful lead poisoning, which causes learning delays,behavioral issues and much more. York County has received a “Lead and Healthy Homes Grant”,from the PA Dept of Health. The purpose of this program is toensure that children living in older homes in York County aresafe from lead hazards and other harmful dangers. Families may qualify for FREE lead treatment andHealthy Home assistance if they have children under 6years old permanently living in the home (or visitingfrequently). R A N K S4thTo ensure that the children in yourhome are safe, click or scan formore information.Y O R K C O U N T YDid you know... http://paleadfree.orgSPORTING CLAYS FUNDRAISER1 5 T H A N N U A L1ST P LAC E TEA M YOR K AG PAGE 04OF ALL PA COUNTIES IN CHILDREN POISONEDBY LEAD. HOME

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America250 PA, the organization planningPennsylvania’s role in our country’s upcoming bigbirthday, has coordinated programs at a11 food banksacross the state, including the York County Food Bank. A big THANK YOU to everyone who donated toward thepeanut butter and jelly food drive in recognition ofPennsylvania Day. Pictured to the left are event volunteers. York County Connections is an internal newsletter produced exclusively for York County employees. Please share with your co-workers who may not have access to email. As a friendly reminder, this is for internal use only.PAGE 05Thursday, August 11thMicrosoft Excel – Part 2 (virtual) Wednesday, September 14th Gentle Chair Yoga PracticeAdmin BuildingTuesday, September 6thStress Relief – Drum Circle John Rudy ParkTo register: HRTraining@YorkCountyPA.govExecutive Director of York County HumanServices Clair Doll congratulates Michele Boylefrom York/Adams MH-IDD with a $50 SunriseSoap Company gift bag for winning theGuiding Principle Word Search contest.Thank you!Questions? Please contact Jennifer HOME